Notes on this FAO species category: EMW-337

EMW idFAO Species CategoryNotes
EMW-337Tuna-like fishes neiThis category includes species in the suborder Scombroidei which includes the families:
Gempylidae (snake mackerels)
Istiophoridae (Marlins)
Scombridae (mackerels, tunas, bonitos)
Sphyraenidae (barracudas)
Trichiuridae (cutlassfishes)
Xiphiidae (swordfishes).

From FAO Fishstat, on average 82% capture of “Tuna-like fishes nei” in 1999-2007 was from the Pacific Ocean.

From information by ecosystem, the smallest and largest species in these families that are of fisheries interest (commercial) and distributed in the Pacific Ocean are as follows:

Island mackerel (Rastrelliger faughni). Max size: 20.0 cm FL (male/unsexed); max. published weight: 750 g.

Blue marlin (Makaira mazara). Max length : 500 cm TL male/unsexed; common length : 350 cm TL male/unsexed; max. published weight: 170.0 kg; max. published weight: 906 kg. EMW-154.

Rastrelliger kanagurta is taken as the smallest species due to lack of available data for Rastrelliger faughni:

Indian mackerel (Rastrelliger kanagurta). Max size: 35.0 cm FL (male/unsexed). EMW-252.